Impacting Technology Legislation: A Candid Conversation with Georgia’s Technology Policymakers

10/11/2011 5:30 pm
10/11/2011 8:30 pm

 October Event

When: Tuesday October 11, 2011
Where: Crowne Plaza Ravinia
Networking: 5:30PM

Join our Panel as we discuss this topic.


Tina MantellaTino Mantella, President

Tino Mantella joined TAG in September 2004 as the organization's new President.

Tino, prior to joining TAG, had amassed over 20 years of related experience leading two of the nations more prestigious volunteer-driven organizations - National Arthritis Foundation and YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago.

As President and CEO of two multifaceted and complex charities, he spearheaded agendas that led to the development of innovative new services, resulting in the facilitation of significant membership growth. In addition, Mantella’s track record reflects impressive results in fund raising, advocacy, and economic development.

Since coming to TAG, Tino has worked with a team of dedicated volunteers and staff to: build a prestigious board made up of 60 technology stakeholders; grown membership by more than 500%; and added a series of programs and services that support TAG’s vision of educating, informing and uniting the technology community.

Tino is a member of the boards of Venture Atlanta Coalition Inc., TAG Education Collaborative, Jacob’s Ladder, and Patient Forward.


Senator John Albers

Senator John Albers, a Republican, was first elected to the Georgia Senate in 2010 representing the 56th District, which includes portions of  Fulton County. He serves as vice chairman of the Public Safety and Science and Technology committees as well as a Deputy Whip. He is also a member of the Economic Development, Education and Youth and Ethics committees.

Senator Albers has long been an active member of his community. His affiliations include Roswell UMC Job Networking Industry Guide, Alpharetta Public Safety Foundation Board of Directors (chairman emeritus), Hope & Light Foundation Board of Directors, Republican National Committee Business Advisory Council, Georgia, National & North Fulton Republican Party, Awakening, Heritage Foundation Presidents
Club, Scout Leader, EnAble of GA Board of Directors, Sigma Phi Epsilon KY Beta Alumni Board (vice president), National Rifle Association, Georgia Carry, Roswell Area Park (youth sports coach), Roswell Historical Society, Friends of Bullock Hall, Roswell Kiwanis, Roswell Rotary.

Senator Albers is a fourth genertion firefighter serving as a volunteer in Alpharetta and member of the Georgia Firefighters Association. He attended the University of Louisville and is currently an executive and business owner.

Mike DudgeonRepresentative Mike Dudgeon
Georgia State House – District 24

Mike Dudgeon currently serves as the state Representative for District 24, which covers the southern part of Forsyth County. Prior to taking office at the state on January 10, 2011, he served from 2007-2010 on the Forsyth County Board of Education. On the school board he was an advocate for high standards for the students, fiscal discipline, and direct communication with the public.

Representative Dudgeon has bachelors and masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech, holds four U.S. patents, and has been in the technology business his entire career. He helped build the Alpharetta based startup Radiant Systems in the 1990s and was part of the group that took the company public. In 2001 he founded Tier One, an engineering consulting business in Forsyth County. Within a few years it was recognized as a leading provider of embedded systems projects in the Southeast. After selling his interest in Tier One, Representative Dudgeon and partners in 2007 founded Qualia Labs which is performing research into new computer architectures and artificial intelligence. In addition to being the CTO of Qualia, he recently joined Alpharetta based video game company Hi-Rez Studios as Director of Research.

Representative Dudgeon has a passion for youth and public service and is very active in the community. He is an usher, youth Sunday school teacher, and past chair of the church council at Johns Creek United Methodist. For 20 years he has refereed high school basketball across north Georgia and worked the GHSA state tournament in 2007. Representative Dudgeon is very active in leadership of the Boy Scouts. He is past chair of Cub Scout Pack 3143 and currently serves as Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 143 in Johns Creek. He led a group of high school aged scouts on 150 miles of backpacking in 2010 culminating in an 11 day hike in the Rocky Mountain wilderness at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. Representative Dudgeon is the outgoing president of the Kappa Sigma House Corporation of Georgia Tech where he is spearheading efforts to rebuild the aging fraternity house.

Barry-LoudermilkSenator Barry Loudermilk

Senator Barry Loudermilk is a Republican representing Senate District 52. He represents Floyd County and portions of Bartow and Gordon counties.

Sen. Loudermilk serves as chair to the Science and Technology Committee and as vice chair to the Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee.  He is also a member of the Economic Development and Transportation committees. 

Sen. Loudermilk first entered public service during 2001-2004, serving as chairman to the Bartow County Republican Party.  He was then elected to serve in the State House of Representatives during 2004-2010. Sen. Loudermilk was first elected to the State Senate in 2010. In 2006, he was recognized as Georgia Wing Legislator of the Year and National Legislator of the Year by the Civil Air Patrol. His other awards and recognitions in public service include Legislator of the Year by Advocates for Children (2007), “50 Most Influential Georgians” in James Magazine (2008) and Sanctity of Life Award by the Bartow Republican Women’s Club (2010) and Legislator of the Year by the Technology Association of Georgia (2011).

Sen. Loudermilk is a native of Riverdale. He earned an Associate degree in Telecommunications Technology at the Community College of Air Force and earned a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education and Information Systems Technology from Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, TX. Sen. Loudermilk proudly served in the U.S. Air Force from 1984-1992.

Sen. Loudermilk is a member of the National Rifle Association, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the American Legion. He is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol and on the Board of Directors for Barley Loaf Ministries.

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